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Thread: Coronavirus update

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    Re: Coronavirus update

    Quote Originally Posted by jon1959 View Post
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-56623504

    Clean up work is under way after huge crowds gathered in Cardiff Bay on Friday, despite coronavirus restrictions still being in place.

    Cardiff council said a significant amount of rubbish had been left by "large groups of people intent on breaking Covid-19 restrictions".


    Total stupidity - and the same over much of the UK. We had the same in Sheffield over the past 3 days!
    It is stupidity but....... government in this country is by consent and it seems that as the vaccine rolls out the level of consent to the restraints is reducing, in some places quite rapidly. It will be a conundrum for the politician, keeping the public on side but still doing the right long term thing.
    I'm glad it's their problem and not mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xsnaggle View Post
    It is stupidity but....... government in this country is by consent and it seems that as the vaccine rolls out the level of consent to the restraints is reducing, in some places quite rapidly. It will be a conundrum for the politician, keeping the public on side but still doing the right long term thing.
    I'm glad it's their problem and not mine.
    i) at least one knife found, reports of 30 fighting and throwing glass bottles at each other, massive amounts of rubbish left despite there being empty bins.

    ii) rejection of covid rules due to sunshine, fatigue and potentially other factors.

    Think it's a lot easier to be sympathetic if all the crowds were doing was drinking and having a good time but less so with everything else going on. For some it's a rejection of any rules/standards of behaviour rather than just covid ones.

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    Re: Coronavirus update

    Quote Originally Posted by surge View Post
    i) at least one knife found, reports of 30 fighting and throwing glass bottles at each other, massive amounts of rubbish left despite there being empty bins.

    ii) rejection of covid rules due to sunshine, fatigue and potentially other factors.

    Think it's a lot easier to be sympathetic if all the crowds were doing was drinking and having a good time but less so with everything else going on. For some it's a rejection of any rules/standards of behaviour rather than just covid ones.
    I agree but sometimes the apparent rejection of all rules is like the pendulum. It swings one way then it swing back the other. The average person is fed up with the lockdowns and the laws and rules, and although they understand deep down they are necessary they still want their freedom of movement and life so they will push back, and the more that the numbers come down the more they will push.
    The knife thing is something that is always there with some strata of society and I don't believe it has anything directly to do with the pandemic

  4. #7504

    Re: Coronavirus update

    Quote Originally Posted by xsnaggle View Post
    I agree but sometimes the apparent rejection of all rules is like the pendulum. It swings one way then it swing back the other. The average person is fed up with the lockdowns and the laws and rules, and although they understand deep down they are necessary they still want their freedom of movement and life so they will push back, and the more that the numbers come down the more they will push.
    The knife thing is something that is always there with some strata of society and I don't believe it has anything directly to do with the pandemic
    Unfortunately knife crime is on the rise in Cardiff, I guess they are copying the London gangs. There already is a particularly violent gang from the south of the city. They need to come down hard on carrying one because plenty are already are and it’s inevitable what will end up occurring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jon1959 View Post
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-56623504

    Clean up work is under way after huge crowds gathered in Cardiff Bay on Friday, despite coronavirus restrictions still being in place.

    Cardiff council said a significant amount of rubbish had been left by "large groups of people intent on breaking Covid-19 restrictions".


    Total stupidity - and the same over much of the UK. We had the same in Sheffield over the past 3 days!
    While I think the littering is bad (there are never enough bins) outdoor spread is no where near indoor spread and people have been locked up for over 4 months and now they’re allowed out but nothing is open.

    I don’t know what else people expect others to do (especially young people who are giving up the best years to protect others).

  6. #7506

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    4,000 dead in a day in Brazil, good job they have a "strong leader".

  7. #7507

    Re: Coronavirus update

    Quote Originally Posted by xsnaggle View Post
    I agree but sometimes the apparent rejection of all rules is like the pendulum. It swings one way then it swing back the other. The average person is fed up with the lockdowns and the laws and rules, and although they understand deep down they are necessary they still want their freedom of movement and life so they will push back, and the more that the numbers come down the more they will push.
    The knife thing is something that is always there with some strata of society and I don't believe it has anything directly to do with the pandemic
    Considering young people, ie under 30, haven't had any social mixing, going out, pubs, clubs, parties for over a year, and the 1st couple of days of Easter hols are bathed in sunshine, plus they're practically immune to the virus, then something like this is not really surprising.

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    Quote Originally Posted by A Quiet Monkfish View Post
    Considering young people, ie under 30, haven't had any social mixing, going out, pubs, clubs, parties for over a year, and the 1st couple of days of Easter hols are bathed in sunshine, plus they're practically immune to the virus, then something like this is not really surprising.
    I agree, as someone who thought the first lockdown would fall apart after about a fortnight, I've been surprised by how well observed they've been by young people.

  9. #7509

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    Quote Originally Posted by the other bob wilson View Post
    I agree, as someone who thought the first lockdown would fall apart after about a fortnight, I've been surprised by how well observed they've been by young people.
    Agreed. Though there still seems to be a perception that young people are selfish, they've given up a lot over the past year to protect older generations from this virus and will be the ones who'll have to pick up the pieces from the economic fallout

  10. #7510

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    Alternative to AZ vaccine to be offered to Under 30s in the U.K. - it's becoming clearer that it wasn't just a bunch of Europeans getting back at us for Brexit after all.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-56665517

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    Quote Originally Posted by the other bob wilson View Post
    Alternative to AZ vaccine to be offered to Under 30s in the U.K. - it's becoming clearer that it wasn't just a bunch of Europeans getting back at us for Brexit after all.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-56665517
    Are you watching the news conference Bob?

    Once again Van Tam is showing that he is head and shoulders above any politician in this country at presenting this sort of news

    He is as usual calm precise and clear'


    I agree that this particular point about the blood clotting is nothing to do with Europeans getting at us. From all I have heard from various scientists in the UK about what normally happens in these situations these countries were probably too cautious in having a complete ban on such little evidence but I don't think there was anything political in it

    However some of the EU's earlier tactics ( eg Macron saying that the Astra Zeneca vaccine was "quasi ineffective" in the over 65's and other French ministers sneering at us because we were allowing a 12 week instead of a 4 week gap and thus delaying getting our population fully vaccinated ) plus of course the heavy handedness of the EU commission when they were trying to hide their own procrastination in sorting our the vaccines in the summer of last year rather poisoned the atmosphere which played into the hands of those in this country. It was all completely unnecessary in my view but we are where we areears

    How much those earlier tactics were getting back as us for Brexit will probably keep political commentators and historians going for years.

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    Re: Coronavirus update

    Quote Originally Posted by the other bob wilson View Post
    Alternative to AZ vaccine to be offered to Under 30s in the U.K. - it's becoming clearer that it wasn't just a bunch of Europeans getting back at us for Brexit after all.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-56665517
    How many under 30’s have had the Oxford jab and have developed clots or died then?

  13. #7513

    Re: Coronavirus update

    Quote Originally Posted by goats View Post
    How many under 30’s have had the Oxford jab and have developed clots or died then?
    Clearly there’s enough concern among the people who know most about this to have offered the alternative.

  14. #7514

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwood Blues View Post
    Are you watching the news conference Bob?

    Once again Van Tam is showing that he is head and shoulders above any politician in this country at presenting this sort of news

    He is as usual calm precise and clear'


    I agree that this particular point about the blood clotting is nothing to do with Europeans getting at us. From all I have heard from various scientists in the UK about what normally happens in these situations these countries were probably too cautious in having a complete ban on such little evidence but I don't think there was anything political in it

    However some of the EU's earlier tactics ( eg Macron saying that the Astra Zeneca vaccine was "quasi ineffective" in the over 65's and other French ministers sneering at us because we were allowing a 12 week instead of a 4 week gap and thus delaying getting our population fully vaccinated ) plus of course the heavy handedness of the EU commission when they were trying to hide their own procrastination in sorting our the vaccines in the summer of last year rather poisoned the atmosphere which played into the hands of those in this country. It was all completely unnecessary in my view but we are where we areears

    How much those earlier tactics were getting back as us for Brexit will probably keep political commentators and historians going for years.
    Didn’t see the conference, but I agree about Van Tam. The EU cocked up for sure, but the concerns about the vaccine were genuine it would appear, so some of the jingoistic we were seeing about a fortnight ago in some sections of the media was misplaced as well as childish

  15. #7515

    Re: Coronavirus update

    Quote Originally Posted by the other bob wilson View Post
    Clearly there’s enough concern among the people who know most about this to have offered the alternative.
    20 deaths in 20 million doses covering all ages....can they even link it to the jab?

  16. #7516

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    Quote Originally Posted by the other bob wilson View Post
    Didn’t see the conference, but I agree about Van Tam. The EU cocked up for sure, but the concerns about the vaccine were genuine it would appear, so some of the jingoistic we were seeing about a fortnight ago in some sections of the media was misplaced as well as childish
    Jeremy Brown who is a professor of Respiratory Medicine at University College London has just on Newsnight criticised those countries who he said rapidly suspended the vaccine in age groups where the risk benefit clearly supported still using it, and by stopping the jab have probably causes more deaths than they would have done if they had carried on with it.

    It is unquantifiable now, but maybe the original unjustified comments made by some countries didn't help Astra Zeneca when the clotting problem came up.

    As for being childish I don't disagree that some of the press were, but the EU by their initial actions ( and some since!) threw their toys out of the tram.

    To be fair to our government I think they have behaved pretty responsibly over this matter (that hasn't,as you would agree, always been the case in recent years) and have made the EU look stupid and unreasonable over the vaccination issue

  17. #7517

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwood Blues View Post
    Jeremy Brown who is a professor of Respiratory Medicine at University College London has just on Newsnight criticised those countries who he said rapidly suspended the vaccine in age groups where the risk benefit clearly supported still using it, and by stopping the jab have probably causes more deaths than they would have done if they had carried on with it.

    It is unquantifiable now, but maybe the original unjustified comments made by some countries didn't help Astra Zeneca when the clotting problem came up.

    As for being childish I don't disagree that some of the press were, but the EU by their initial actions ( and some since!) threw their toys out of the tram.

    To be fair to our government I think they have behaved pretty responsibly over this matter (that hasn't,as you would agree, always been the case in recent years) and have made the EU look stupid and unreasonable over the vaccination issue
    I think our embarrassment of an Education Secretary was making childish comments when it came to comparing us with the EU well before they were.having public doubts about “our” vaccine;-

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-55175162

    However, I agree that the UK Government have, effectively, let their record do their talking when it came to the vaccine. I’ve been very critical of the UK Government for their overall handling of the pandemic and will continue to be, but I have to accept that they’ve done well when it comes to the vaccine roll out - if people want to see the dispute between the EU and the UK over the vaccine as some kind of war, then I agree that we’re winning it at the moment.

  18. #7518

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    I've never understand the anti Vaxer/Covid denier thing and so I was happy to read this to try and find out more about it. I certainly sympathise with Anna, but as for the rest, I'm none the wiser;-

    https://www.theguardian.com/news/202...-anti-lockdown

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    Quote Originally Posted by the other bob wilson View Post
    I've never understand the anti Vaxer/Covid denier thing and so I was happy to read this to try and find out more about it. I certainly sympathise with Anna, but as for the rest, I'm none the wiser;-

    https://www.theguardian.com/news/202...-anti-lockdown
    Good read.

    I don't think I fully understand it. The businessman who lives in Monaco, for example, says people think 'theres something a bit fishy about it'.

    Fishy in what way? I can understand why people make think the measures are extreme and not necessary, but why would the whole world suddenly do it to themselves as some deliberate act?

  20. #7520

    Re: Coronavirus update

    Gyms and household mixing changes brought forward

    Gyms will be allowed to reopen and people will be able to form extended households a week earlier than planned in Wales, the first minister has said.

    Gyms and leisure centres will be able to open from 3 May - instead of 10 May - while two households can bubble up to meet indoors from the same date.

    Wedding receptions outdoors for up to 30 people will be allowed from 26 April, also moving forward a week.

    A drop in Covid cases has prompted the changes, the Welsh government said.

    The dates for reopening the hospitality industry have not changed - pubs, cafes and restaurants will still be able to reopen outdoors from 26 April.

    First Minister Mark Drakeford also confirmed that lockdown changes which had been planned for 12 April would go ahead.

    This means, from Monday, all remaining children will return to school for face-to-face learning, non-essential shops will reopen, close-contact services, like beauticians, will be allowed to reopen and restrictions on travelling in and out of Wales to other parts of the UK will be lifted.

    The decision follows a rapid drop in the number of new coronavirus cases in Wales.

    Wales' case rate, which measures the number of infections per 100,000 people over a seven-day period, stands at 21, compared to 37 last week.

    Confirmed cases in hospital beds are 26% lower than last Thursday, the lowest number since 22 September.

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